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STANFORD -- Stanford University professors Patrick Suppes and Richard Zare have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.
Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, the American Philosophical Society supports scholarship in all fields of knowledge through its research grants, publications and library.
Suppes, Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, and professor by courtesy in the School of Education and in the departments of Statistics and Psychology, promotes computers in the classroom as a way of increasing teaching productivity and effectiveness.
Using computers he has programmed, Suppes teaches about a dozen courses a year at Stanford, more than twice the normal teaching load.
Zare, Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Chemistry, is an innovator in the application of lasers to chemistry, such as analyzing mixtures for their components and studying how chemical reactions occur.
Suppes and Zare have both received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor: Zare in 1985 and Suppes in 1990.
The election brings to 24 the number of American Philosophical Society members on the Stanford faculty. Four others are affiliated with the Hoover Institution. The society has 500 members in the United States, and 100 foreign members.
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